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Registration fees

Registration fees for all social workers

The current annual registration fee is £90.

Registration fees for social workers who were previously registered with HCPC

All registered social workers were transferred over to Social Work England automatically when we became the regulator on 2 December 2019.

The transfer, including any direct debit payments, was automatic for everyone on the register.  We will contact you when your next payment is due.

If you paid your HCPC registration fee in instalments, your second instalment will be taken on 1 April 2020. This will be for the remaining £45.00 registration fee. If you paid in full, your next payment will be at renewal. 

Renewals can be made annually between 1 September to 30 November.

Registration fees for new applicants

If your application for registration is approved, you will need to pay a registration fee. 

When your registration fee is due, we will let you know via your online account.

Registration fees must be paid within 14 calendar days. If you do not pay your registration fees within 14 calendar days, we will close your application. This means that if you still want to practise as a social worker in England, you will need to make a new application to join the register.

Because you only pay the registration fee when your application has been approved, the fee is based on when we can process your application, rather than when you made the application.

Your first registration fee will be calculated based on the length of time remaining in the current registration period, so if your application is approved between:

  • 1 December and 28 February, you will pay £90.00

  • 1 March and 31 May, you will pay £67.50

  • 1 June and 31 August, you will pay £45.00

  • 1 September and 30 November, you will pay £22.50

How to pay

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your registration fee through your online account.

You will be redirected from your online account to GOV.UK Pay, where you can pay your registration fee securely.

If you are unable to use GOV.UK Pay, you can send us the payment via bank transfer. 

If you need to pay your registration fee via bank transfer, please allow enough time for the payment to clear within the 14 calendar days. 

If you need to pay via bank transfer or have any questions about payments, please call us on 0808 196 2274 or email [email protected]


Last updated: 28 November 2019